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The 32 Most Comfortable Shoes & Sneakers for Women, According to Experts

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Finding the most comfortable women’s shoes or sneakers can be complicated. Whether you’re looking for women’s dress shoes, flats or ankle booties to wear with casual dresses, or one workout shoes for running, hiking, walking, or training at the gym, there are many factors to consider. Are you susceptible to blisters or painful foot disorders? What’s your foot type? What terrain are you running on? See, the list can go on and on.

In an uncomfortable pair of sneakers, you’re practically in a sweaty foot prison and can endure pain for the long term. “Wearing the wrong shoes may lead to problems such as lowered performance, discomfort such as in plantar fasciitis and runner’s knee, injuries, and even flat feet,” says Dr. Miguel Cunha, founder of Manhattan’s Gotham Footcare and leading New York City podiatrist.

But what is it that defines a shoe as “comfortable” or right for your foot? According to a 2018 study by Scientific Reports, minimal shoes with less cushion can increase the foot muscles and maintain arch stiffness. “People who are habitually barefoot or minimally shod have much lower rates of flat feet than habitually shod populations,” the study says. While minimal or barefoot shoes might be the most healthy option and provide better stability, that doesn’t mean that transitioning from cushioned shoes will be comfortable.

According to the Journal of Foot and Ankle research, finding the “healthiest” and most “comfortable” shoe “is a complex and multifaceted concept that is influenced not only by structural and functional aspects of shoe design, but also by task requirements and anatomical and physiological differences between individuals.” Thus, it’s challenging to draw strong conclusions about the most comfortable shoes for women without understanding more about the disparities between them.

Nonetheless, make sure to switch out your sneakers one to two times per year. “Your shoes will need to be replaced approximately every six months if you are running and approximately 10 months if you are just walking,” Dr. Cunha says. “It doesn’t matter if they still look new; if the support has been worn out, you’re at a much higher risk of injury.” Cunha recommends taking note of the date you buy a new pair of sneakers. “This will help you to keep track of when you’re due for a new pair.”

With so many comfortable sneakers to choose from these days, where does one begin? To help decipher between the best of the best, Dr. Cunha and more foot experts weigh in below on the most comfortable shoes for women who have flat fleet and high arches. Then, we scoured the Internet for the most comfortable women’s sneakers and shoes with top customer reviews that are also super cute. (While you could splurge for a reasonably comfortable pair of designer women’s sneakers, these ultra-practical options are your best bets for all-day support and wearability.)

Ready to shop? Ahead, check out the 33 most comfortable shoes for women with sneaker styles from Nike, New Balance, Allbirds, Adidas, and more.

Top Most Comfortable Shoes for Women 2022

Nike Metcon 8 X Sneakers

Most Comfortable Cross-Training Shoes for Women

  • Size range: 5-12
  • Weight: Smokey Grey, Thistle, Pink, Purple-Volt
  • Materials: Mesh, rubber, foam
  • Pros: Wide and flat heel provides a great amount of stability
  • Cons: Only a few subtle differences from the Metcon 7
  • Additional notes: Grooves in the sole let your forefoot bend naturally.

React Foam provides plenty of cushioning for high-impact activities, while the wide, flat heel provides a steady platform weight training in the Nike Metcon 8 X, making these some of the most comfortable cross-training shoes available. (To note, the brand’s Metcon series offers some of the best CrossFit shoes, too.)

What reviewers say: “These are very comfortable and sturdy. The feel locked in but not too rigid. The colors are more beautiful in real life.”



New Balance 327 Sneakers

Most Comfortable Women’s Sneaker for Everyday 

  • Size range: 5-12
  • Colorways: Black, grey, and white
  • Materials: Suede and nylon
  • Pros: Great for those with narrow feet
  • Cons: Run large

New Balance’s sneakers are some of the best comfortable shoes for every day. Its 327 sneakers have a pastel-hued suede and nylon fabrication that’s equal parts breathable and stylishly retro. The well-cushioned midsole delivers unmatched comfort for work and play.

What reviewers say:This is the most comfortable shoe I have ever owned. I have plantar and I stand on my feet all day at work. This shoe keeps me comfortable through the entire day. I had to get another pair. It helps that they look cool as well.”



Allbirds Tree Dashers 2 Sneakers

Most Comfortable Running Shoe for Women

  • Size range: 5-11
  • Weight: 8.56oz
  • Materials: FSC-certified TENCEL™ Lyocell (eucalyptus tree fiber) upper, SweetFoam midsole made with sugarcane-based green EVA, FSC-certified natural rubber outsole
  • Pros: Lightweight
  • Cons: Fits tight
  • Additional notes: Shoe laces made from recycled plastic bottles, castor bean oil-based insole foam

You’ll toss your old-school running shoes after one jog in Allbirds’ Tree Dasher sneakers. The brand’s removable castor bean sockliner provides flexible and anatomical support, while the dual-density SweetFoam midsole is made with the world’s first carbon negative green EVA that’s extra plush. And if you aren’t a runner, these shoes are great for nurses or anyone who stands all day.

What reviewers say: “These shoes are the bomb! Great arch support, exceptional cushioning, stable heel and as comfortable as anyone could want.”



Dr. Scholls Blaze Walking Shoes

Most Comfortable Women’s Sneaker for Chronic Foot Pain 

  • Size range: 6-11
  • Materials: Faux leather and mesh
  • Pros: Light and flexible
  • Cons: Shoppers wouldn’t label it the best shoe for arch support

Dr. Scholls Blaze Sneakers will provide orthotic relief and arch support for several hours, thanks to the gel-cushioned footbed. It delivers three-zone comfort, even for those who live with plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, and psoriatic arthritis.

What reviewers say: “Love this brand and style, I bought them in every color! they have been my go to walking shoe for years! The gel heel is great and adds comfort.”



Skechers D’Lites – Biggest Fan Sneakers

Most Comfortable Walking Shoes for Women

  • Size range: 5-11
  • Colorways: 27 different hues
  • Weight: 10.6 oz
  • Materials: Rubber, leather, memory foam
  • Pros: Very cushioned
  • Cons: Requires you to break them in

Walk for miles in Skechers’ D’Lites – Biggest Fan sneakers without pesky blisters or sweaty soles, thanks to an Air-Cooled memory foam insole that’s extremely squishy. Also, this shoe has a thick midsole to support the middle of your foot, making it the best shoe for those with high arches.

What reviewers say: “I walk three to four miles a day, and this is by far the best shoe I’ve ever owned. It’s like walking on pillows. If you have high arches and have experienced shin splints or high ankle pain, or even plantar fasciitis, this shoe will blow your mind.”



Asics Gel Kayano 28 Sneakers

Most Comfortable Women’s Shoes for Wide Feet

  • Size range: 5-13
  • Colorways: 14 different hues
  • Materials: Mesh and rubber
  • Pros: Best shoe for knee pain
  • Cons: Run wide

If you notice that your old shoes have wear and tear on the top inner edge, you’re a pronator. “People with plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, shin splints or inner knee pain, tend to have flat feet and be pronators, which means your feet roll inward,” Dr. Cunha says.  He recommends Asics’ Gel Kayano 28 sneakers for motion control, overpronation prevention, and compression improvement at footstrike. These are high-stability sneakers that’ll keep your feet more aligned with your legs.

What Dr. Cunha says: “These shoes tend to be fairly stiff and will flex only near the flex where your toes bend.”



Saucony Triumph 19 Sneakers

  • Size range: 5.5-11
  • Colorways: Black, Razzle, Alloy
  • Materials: Rubber and synthetic textile
  • Pros: Plenty of cushioning 
  • Cons: Run small

If your sneakers show even wear, you have a neutral foot type. Dr. Cunha recommends Saucony’s Triumph 19 sneakers for the balance of even cushioning and support, thanks to the PWRRUN+ midsole foam.

What Dr. Cunha says: “If you’re neutral, fortunately, you distribute weight evenly across your feet, so motion control and support is not as critical as stability.  This shoe is the most soft, lightweight, and flexible shoe, as it can bend and twist more in the middle of the shoe.”



Altra Footwear Escalante 2.5 Sneakers

Most Comfortable Gym Shoes for Women

  • Size range:
  • Colorways: Black, dusty pink, grey, white, coral, light green, deep teal, raspberry,
  • Weight: 6.9 oz 
  • Materials: Rubber and mesh
  • Pros: Spacious toe box
  • Cons: Fits large

Altra footwear is podiatrist-approved and loved by customers for creating some of the most comfortable gym shoes available. These neutral-support sneakers provide equal support at the heel and forefoot. The toe box allows toes to relax and spread naturally.

What reviewers say: “First pair of sneakers that actually fit, are comfortable and lightweight. I have a wide toe box, short toes, narrow heel, high instep and high arch. It’s like these sneakers were custom-made for me. I was so happy with my first pair, I bought this second pair a week later.”

Altra Escalante
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Under Armour Flow Velociti Wind Running Shoes

  • Size range: 5-12
  • Weight: 8.02 oz
  • Materials: Rubber and mesh
  • Pros: Breathable
  • Cons: Run small

Under Armour’s Flow Velociti Wind running shoes are extremely lightweight and allow for a smooth ride on any surface. They have a MAPMYRUN technology that tracks and analyzes your running metrics to help make you a better runner and a Warp upper that allows maximum breathability.

What reviewers say: “I run about two to three miles four times a week, and these are great. They are lightweight but have tons of support.”



Hoka One One Carbon X3 Sneakers

Most Comfortable Women’s Sneaker for Marathon Training 

  • Size range: 5-11
  • Weight: 8oz
  • Materials: Knit upper and tongue, EVA sockliner, rubber EVA outsole
  • Pros: Shoe lace tie is on the inside so you don’t trip on your laces, more cushioned than the Carbon X2
  • Cons: Heavier than the Carbon X2

Hoka’s One One Carbon X3 sneaker is a full-length carbon fiber shoe at an affordable price. Its adaptable and geared for training and racing alike. A two-part midsole delivers a cushioned landing and responsive toe-off for a seamless ride that’s unique to the shoe. The most signficant change Hoka made from the Carbon X2 to the CarbonX3 is that the upper has been updated from a traditional mesh upper to a knitted upper — similar to Adidas’ Ultraboost.

What reviewers say: I love them!!!! Best purchase ever, I have metatarsal tendinitis and this shoes make all the difference, I’m able to walk /run and work ( at a hospital) without any pain”



Brooks Launch 8 Sneakers

Also Consider for Workouts

  • Size range: 5-11.5
  • Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Materials: Rubber and mesh
  • Pros: Offer good arch support
  • Cons: Not best for those with narrow feet

Done with a tie-dye finish, Brooks’ Launch 8 sneakers offer a stylish twist on a comfortable shoe that’s ideal for interval workouts to long sprints. The BioMoGo DNA midsole cushioning and rebounding rubber makes them one of the best shoes for back pain or hip pain prevention.

What reviewers say: “Brooks have become my go-to brand. I exercise four to five times a week and have plantar fasciitis, and I don’t even need to wear my orthotics anymore. They have great support, and look good!”

 


Adidas Cloudfoam Pure Running Shoes

Most Comfortable Women’s Shoes for Standing All Day

  • Size range: 5-12
  • Colorways: 9 different hues
  • Weight: 6 oz
  • Materials: Textile synthetics, rubber
  • Pros: Stretchy and breathable
  • Cons: Run wide

Top rated on Amazon, Adidas’ Cloudfoam Pure running shoe hugs the foot with its memory foam sockliner. The slip-on style features breathable mesh.

What reviewers say: “Comfiest shoes I have ever owned, and I get so many compliments and questions about them. Great sneaker! Good for running around.”

Adidas Cloudfoam Pure Running Shoe
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Mizuno Wave Rider 24 Sneakers

  • Size range: 6-12
  • Weight: 8.5 oz
  • Materials: Carbon rubber
  • Pros: Offered in narrow and wide sizes
  • Cons: Run small

If your current pair is worn out the top outer edge, you’re most likely a supinator or an underpronator that needs a cushioned sneaker for shock absorption. “Look for shoes without a medial post,” says Dr. Cunha, who recommends Mizuno’s Wave Rider sneakers as one of the most comfortable sneakers for stability with its dual compound midsole.

What Dr. Cunha says: “These shoes have softer, more flexible midsoles with more sole and cushioning than motion control shoes, as this foot type doesn’t provide enough shock absorption on its own.”



On Cloudflyer Running Shoes

Most Comfortable Sneakers for Nurses

  • Size range: 5-11
  • Colorways: Black, White/Coral, White
  • Weight: 1.41 pounds
  • Materials: Mesh and rubber
  • Pros: Feel like you’re walking on clouds
  • Cons: Not slip resistant

On’s Cloudflyer running shoes are known for their lightweight feel and ultra-responsive cushioning with extra shock absorption. Meaning, they’re perfect for running on the road or track.

What reviewers say: “I use them on my casual Fridays at work, and I also use them to go on hikes with my family. They are super comfortable and lightweight.”

ON Women’s Cloudflyer Running Shoes
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Saucony Peregrine 11 Sneakers

Most Comfortable Trail Running Sneakers for Women

  • Size range: 5-12
  • Colorways: 8 different hues
  • Weight: 11.4 oz
  • Materials: Leather and rubber
  • Pros: Good for high-impact
  • Cons: High heel drop

The Saucony Peregrine 11 shoes have excellent traction for taking to the trail. The tacky, durable rubber outsole is also abrasion resistant for holding up in harsh conditions. Reviewers call them some of the most comfortable trail running sneakers.

What reviewers say: “Love this trail shoe for especially sloppy and slippery trail runs! They passed the test in a recent trail run which was rocky, full of foots and very slippery (moss, leaves, wet gumbo clay), and they were outperforming shoes of fellow runners. Very lightweight, shed mud easily and drain water quickly.”



New Balance 1540 V3 Running Shoes

Most Comfortable Women’s Sneakers for Flat Feet

  • Size range: 5-14
  • Weight: 1.12 pounds
  • Materials: Synthetic leather, mesh
  • Pros: Offered in regular, narrow, wide, x-wide, and xx-wide sizes
  • Cons: Fits tight

The New Balance 1540 V3 running shoes are designed for people with severe overpronation, providing both maximum stability and cushioning. They come in five different widths so you can get the perfect fit. Plus, some even dub them the most comfortable tennis shoes for women.

What reviewers say: “This fit is perfect! I have plantar fasciitis and I highly recommend them.”



G-Defy Ion Walking Shoe

Most Comfortable Women’s Sneakers for Bunions

  • Size range: 6-11
  • Colorways: 7 different hues
  • Weight: 2 pounds
  • Materials: Mesh, EVA sole
  • Pros: Shoe insole hugs your foot
  • Cons: Requires you to break them in 

The G-Defy Ion walking shoe comes with orthotics formulated specifically to address ailments like bunions, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, and stress fractures. The sneakers have pain-relief foam cushioning and antimicrobial treatment to ensure each step is as comfortable as the next.



Nike Ryz 365 II Sneakers

Most Comfortable Nike Walking Shoe for Women

  • Size range: 7-12
  • Materials: Synthetic leather and rubber
  • Pros: Good for city walking
  • Cons: Run small

Tired of white chunky dad shoes? Nike’s Ryz 365 II sneakers are a futuristic pair of comfortable sneakers with a cut-out rubber sole that adds the traction and durability you’re looking for without the extra weight.

What reviewers say: “I live in the city and do tons of walking. These shoes are so comfortable and go great with tons of outfits. Would buy again! I normally am a size seven, and the seven fit perfectly.”



Vionic Celeste Sneakers

Most Comfortable Women’s Sneakers for Plantar Fasciitis

The Vionic Celeste sneakers combine a podiatrist-designed orthotic with a flexible, cushioned outsole. The upper portion is lightweight and breathable.

What reviewers say: “The Celeste Sneaker is great for my feet! I was concerned if the width would work for me. I have bunions and flat feet. Perfect fit! The support and comfort is everything I hope for in a Vionic shoe.”

Vionic Celeste Sneakers
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Merrell Moab Flight Hiking Shoes

Most Comfortable Hiking Shoes for Women

  • Size range: 5-11
  • Colorways: Highrise, marine, navy, rose, burgundy
  • Weight: 1.34 pounds
  • Materials: Recycled mesh upper, recycled laces and webbing, recycled mesh lined removable PU insole
  • Pros: Light and shock absorbing
  • Cons: Aren’t offered in a wide style

Merrell’s Moab Flight Hiking Shoes are extremely flexible and will fit like a glove on the trails. The Vibram EcoStep outsole allows for enhanced grip on rock, and the midsole’s dual-directional flex grooves offer enhanced ground connection. Whether you’re on wet or dry surfaces, these shoes provide durability and grip.

What reviewers say:Wearing these Merrill’s from the 1st step is pure comfort for old feet. After 2 weeks of wear bought a 2nd pair in blue. Highly recommend to those with foot problems. Lots of good space & support. Worth every cent!”



Propét Stability Fly Sneaker

Most Comfortable Women’s Shoes for Ankle Support

  • Size range: 5-13
  • Colorways: Black, White
  • Weight: 10 oz
  • Materials: Mesh, rubber
  • Pros: Wide toe box
  • Cons: Runs wide

An arch-supporting midsole and gel heel pad on the Propét Stability Fly sneaker provide even foot support. The stability fit is designed for superior ankle support.

What reviewers say: “The shoes immediately felt so comfortable and spacious. Not one area on my foot felt crammed or uncomfortable. I felt like I was walking on clouds all day.”

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Athletic Propulsion Labs TechLoom Bliss Sneakers

Most Comfortable Women’s Sneakers for Travel

  • Size range: 5-11
  • Colorways: 11 different hues
  • Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Materials: Textured knit and rubber
  • Pros: Hugs the foot
  • Cons: Runs a half a size big

We love APL’s TechLoom Bliss sneakers for an easy-breezy airport experience. Not only do they weigh in at an airy 6.8 ounces, but the slip-on design molds and moves with you from TSA to baggage claim with zero aches and pains.  The icy grey hue is also a subtle alternative to classic white — but still goes with everything.

What reviewers say: “I got these to wear to my job at the hospital after one of the physicians I work with recommended them. Even after 14 hours on my feet some days, I never had any pain. They are the most comfortable shoe I have ever worn. I have tried Allbirds, Brooks, Nike, and none of them even come close to these. They’re so easy to slip on and off and basically conform to your foot.”



Orthofeet Orthopedic Walking Shoes

Most Comfortable Women’s Orthopedic Sneakers

  • Size range: 5-12
  • Colorways: 7 different hues
  • Weight: 3 pounds
  • Materials: Foam and mesh
  • Pros: Has orthotic insoles, arch booster and multiple cushioning layers 
  • Cons: Run large

The Orthofeet Orthopedic walking shoes are renowned for their adjustable arch booster and multiple cushioning layers. The ergonomic sole provides stability and promotes healthy joint placement, making them one of the best walking shoes for women with plantar fasciitis as well.

What reviewers say: “From the moment I got them, I could wear these all day every day and my feet never hurt. They have great arch support, are flexible and super comfortable.”

Orthofeet Orthopedic Walking Shoes
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Sorel Kinetic Impact Lace Sneakers

  • Size range: 5-12
  • Colorways: 18 different hues
  • Weight: 1.65 pounds
  • Materials: Mesh and rubber
  • Pros: Scallops on the sole allow for traction on slippery surfaces
  • Cons: Chunky

Sorel’s Kinetic Impact Lace sneaker has a unique modular construction that feels like you’re walking on air. The one-inch heel height and .75-inch platform also help make these one of the most comfortable women’s sneakers on the market.

What reviewers say: “I’m a nurse and work long hours sometimes. These shoes are amazing and very comfortable. They look great on as well.”


On Cloud Nexus Sneakers

Most Comfortable Sneaker for Narrow Feet

  • Size range: 5-11
  • Materials: Foam, rubber, mesh
  • Pros: Lightweight
  • Cons: Runs narrow

The unique speed-lacing system of On’s Cloud Nexus sneakers creates a customized fit like no other, making these convenient for running around town without the fear of tripping or the annoyance of having to frequently re-tie your laces. The cult label’s CloudTec technology is partnered with Speedboard — a liquid-injected plate of thermoplastic polymer — which energizes every step no matter how hard the landing.

What reviewers say: “This shoe is so comfortable. I have a narrow foot and it’s better for me than the other slip on version. I use for daily walking.”



Skechers Women’s Go Walk Joy Walking Shoe

Most Comfortable Sneakers for Diabetics

  • Size range: 5-13
  • Colorways: 27 different hues
  • Weight: 5.2 oz
  • Materials: Synthetic rubber and mesh
  • Pros: High rebound insole
  • Cons: Runs small

From the brand that makes some of the best slip-on sneakers for women, Skechers’ Go Walk Joy walking shoes are an easy, go-with-everything slip-on that are perfect for daily wear. Available in tons of colors, they have a high-rebound insole.

What reviewers say: “I have feet that are always in pain: bunions, hammer toes, arthritis from prior breaks. These shoes are so comfortable I bought them in three colors. When I am walking around, the pain is hardly noticeable. I highly recommend.”

Skechers Women’s Go Walk Joy Walking Shoe
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Cariuma Catiba Pro Sneakers

  • Size range: 5-13
  • Colorways: 15 different hues
  • Materials: Suede, organic cotton canvas, rubber
  • Pros: The sticky grip outsole is made with raw natural gum rubber in a classic herringbone pattern so that the shoe moves with you and grips
  • Cons: Not best for long distance walking or running
  • Additional notes: Laces are made with recycled plastics and debossed metal aglets

Cariuma’s Catiba Pro sneakers are the best skate shoes on the market for flip tricks and ollies. They include the eco-friendly brand’s innovative memory foam that mimics the anatomy of the foot and the stickiest grip outsole made with raw natural gum rubber.

What reviewers say: “The style and comfort are perfect, and the shoe having so much less negative impact on our planet and with every pair tree are planted just really makes sense. I still have styles from other brands, but I doubt I’ll buy anything else besides Cariuma.”



FitFlop Rally Metallic Leather Sneakers

  • Size range: 5-11
  • Colorways: 6 different hues
  • Weight: 6 oz
  • Materials: Pure leather, rubber
  • Pros: Versatile and timeless
  • Cons: Runs large

FitFlop’s Rally sneakers are just as comfortable as their sandals. They have an anatomically contoured footbed that increases foot-to-midsole contact for maximum comfort. Whether you wear them to the office or to brunch, they’ll pair with anything and support your feet all day long.

What reviewers say:  “I was sure what to expect with these but they are so comfortable. I walked all over New York City for two full days in them and got tons of compliments. I have worn them with both jeans and dresses — very versatile. Of course they are not running shoes, but I think they are great, especially for travelers looking for a cute walking around shoe.”



Umyogo Running Shoes

Most Comfortable Budget Sneakers for Women

  • Size range: 5.5-10.5
  • Colorways: 18 different hues
  • Materials: Rubber, mesh
  • Pros: Has added padding for the balls of the feet
  • Cons: Not slip resistance

Umyogo running shoes expand with your foot when you run, which helps reduce irritation on sensitive feet. Don’t be fooled by the low price tag, the sneaker’s high-quality rubber soles are durable for the long-term.

What reviewers say:  “The shoe design and color is amazing! Not only are they beautiful, they are very comfortable. I went back and forth trying to decide between the coral color and the neon green and bought the coral (orange/pink). I got them today and have been wearing them all day long. And, my feet feel wonderful.”



Hush Puppies Seventy8 Shoes

Most Stylish Comfortable Shoes for Women

  • Size range: 6-12
  • Colorways: 11 different hues
  • Materials: Mesh, suede, leather
  • Pros: Stylish and comfortable 
  • Cons: Must be worn with socks

We can only do a roundup of the best comfortable shoes with a pair from Hush Puppies, one of the first brands to recognize the need for comfortable shoes. Its Seventy8 shoes are an ode to the old-school aesthetic that has gained momentum in fashion. But not only is this silhouette stylish, but also it’s extremely comfortable. It features a BouncePLUS EVA midsole combined with a removable Bounce ECO footbed which adds an extra layer of shock absorption and superior cushioning. Plus, it has a mesh lining for breathability. So whether strolling around the city on the weekend or heading into a casual-work environment, these shoes are a must.

What reviewers say:Perfect from the get go. Walked easily over 30 miles in them on vacation and not a second of discomfort



Salomon XT-6 Unisex Sportstyle Shoes

  • Size range: 4-13
  • Colorways: 16 different hues
  • Weight: 12.87 oz
  • Materials: Rubber, textile
  • Pros: The downhill chassis and lug geometry give you stability
  • Cons: Heavy

Salomon’s sneakers have recently conquered the fashion space, with celebrities like Bella Hadid and Rihanna wearing them with everything from jeans to dresses. However, the brand’s shoes are much more than a fashion statement. The XT-6 Unisex sneaker is a trail running shoe for those looking for a reliable shoe for longer runs. It has an EndoFit upper that hugs the foot in all the right places and a Mud Contagrip that uses deep, sharp lugs made from a compound that focuses on adhesion and grips to almost any surface.

 

 



Rothy’s The Original Slip On Sneakers

Most Comfortable Slip-On Sneakers for Women

  • Size range: 5-13
  • Colorways: 15 different hues
  • Materials: Knit from Rothy’s signature thread, which is spun from single-use plastic bottles
  • Pros: Cushy midsole and removable insole
  • Cons: May need to add a cushion on the inside of the heel

Rothy’s Slip On sneakers is a classic option that goes heavy on style and comfort. They have a knit upper and a flexible back, making them easy to slide on and off. Plus, in 15 different solid and patterned colorways, you’re sure to find a pair of two versatile with jeans or to keep on hand when you must change out of heels.

What reviewers say: “I will definitely be purchasing more colors! These were comfortable from the time I put them on the first time. No “break in” period. I’m a hairstylist and am on my feet all day, and these shoes are so comfy!”



What to Look for in the Most Comfortable Shoes for Women

According to experts, here is what you should consider when shopping for the most comfortable shoes for women. 

  • Look for Comfortable Shoes with High-Quality Materials: It may seem obvious, but not all shoes are created equal. That’s why when you’re looking to purchase comfortable shoes, you must ensure they’re made of high-quality materials and fabrics. This way, you can guarantee your dollars are appropriately spent to keep your feet protected and healthy. For the sole, make sure the shoe consists of rubber, leather, and polyurethane, and for the upper, nylon, polyester, and mesh. The quality of the materials will be measured by how durable and long-lasting your shoes are.
  • Look for Comfortable Shoes with Arch Support: Arch support shoes are vital for preventing injury and leave your foot less apt to fatigue quickly. New York-based podiatrist Dr. Parker M Gennett says comfortable shoes should have “a stiff heel counter, firm, protective sole and torsion stability,” adding that “if you can twist the shoe like a pretzel, it’s probably not a good option.” If you have flat feet, look for sneakers with stiffer elements, such as insoles and orthotics. If you have high arches, choose more flexible and cushioned shoes to help absorb shock.
  • Look for Comfortable Shoes with Breathability: Anyone on their feet all day is likely to break a sweat. Therefore selecting a breathable shoe constructed out of moisture-wicking material will prevent sweaty feet, notes Dr. Fishkin. Additionally, when you opt for a shoe that uses materials such as nylon and mesh, you’ll prevent sweat from collecting inside the shoe, which can lead to fungal or bacterial infections.
  • Look for Comfortable Shoes with A Roomy Toe Box: Whether you have wide or narrow feet, finding a shoe with a roomy toe box can benefit both parties. A shoe with a wide front allows the toes to splay naturally and revert to their natural shape. In addition, you’ll notice fewer injuries over time since the muscles can rebuild and perform as they’re supposed to.
  • Look for Comfortable Shoes that Balance Cushion, Comfort, and Support: Podiatrists like Dr. Cunha agree that finding the most comfortable sneakers for women is about finding the right balance between cushion, comfort, shock absorption, and structure. The same holds true for any type of shoe in one’s closet, from the most comfortable dress shoes to comfortable flats, hiking shoes, and winter running sneakers. Luckily for sneakerheads, athletic brands like Asics, Nike, and Adidas are at the forefront of footwear technology, delivering solid options that will evenly distribute weight across the entire foot, helping avoid common foot injuries like plantar fasciitis. The key to finding the right pair is to select one with a comfortable, cushioned outsole that isn’t too flexible — i.e. you can’t bend it in half with your hand. Of any shoe style, sneakers will be your best bet for comfort. Luckily, an increasingly casual culture means sneakers can also pass as work shoes. And with more styles available than ever before, they can be styled with any outfit, from jeans and trousers to skirts, making them ideal for travel, too.

Comfortable Women’s Shoes for Different Foot Types and Conditions

You should choose a comfortable shoe depending on your foot type or any conditions you suffer from. Experts suggest the following types of shoes:

Comfortable Women’s Shoes for Flat Feet

Whether you’re born with flat feet or get them as you age, taking care of your foot condition by finding the right shoe is essential. When looking for comfortable shoes for flat feet, “look for wider-lasted shoes,” explains pedorthist Michael Fishkin of Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists. This means “the shoes shouldn’t have an hourglass shape on the bottom, but rather a straight-across design underfoot.” Additionally, Fishkin suggests styles with enhanced stability and motion control features for patients with flat feet.

Comfortable Women’s Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

Anyone from athletes to more sedentary people can experience plantar fasciitis, which is usually most painful close to the heel. Thus, “seek out shoes with structure to keep the foot in its ideal position during each step,” says Mike Rushton, DPM, co-founder and medical director of Forward Motion Orthotics.“ No matter what, you want arch support, as it will help increase the arch for those with flat feet and encourage high arches to drop to a more neutral position.” One general rule of thumb is “if you can bend the shoe in half, it’s likely unsupportive,” says New York City-based podiatrist and head of Universal Footcare Neha Pathak.

Comfortable Women’s Shoes for High Arches

“High-arched feet are best treated with supportive, softer and more flexible, lightweight types of soles to accommodate the high arch,” says  Dr. Jackie Sutera, New York-based podiatrist, and Vionic Innovation Lab member. They should also avoid rigid, stiff, and thin flat shoes. “The purpose of insoles and orthotics for those with high-arched feet is to accommodate, absorb shock, and cushion,” she says. Additionally, they should choose a shoe with a slight heel-toe drop (the difference between how high the shoe is in the heel versus the forefoot), which can minimize impact forces and ankle stress, says Dr. Emily Splichal, a podiatrist and founder of the performance-driven accessories line Naboso.

Comfortable Women’s Shoes for Ankle Pain or Weakness

Those who suffer from weak ankles or ankle pain should pay attention to shoes with ankle support. Be on the hunt for stable wide platforms and deep heel cups to stabilize the foot and ankle better. “High-top shoes are great for additional structure and support to prevent ankle injury,” says Dr. Dan Geller, a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon.

Comfortable Women’s Shoes for Knee and Back Pain

Finding the most comfortable shoes for knee and back pain begins by understanding the source of your discomfort, which can vary, says Dr. Mark Mendeszoon, a podiatrist and owner of Achilles Running Shop in Pennsylvania. Overuse injuries are one of the most common. “Most overuse injuries are related to faulty biomechanics in which people may develop muscle imbalances, stress on tendons or bones secondary to the foot being either too flat (hyper-pronated) or too high of an arch (caved foot),” he says. There are some general rules of thumb to follow. If you have flat feet, for example, a shoe with “proper support, cushioning and posting helps ’neutralize’ abnormal stresses and forces” on the foot, Mendeszoon says. If you have other compounding concerns besides knee and back pain, have an expert look at your foot, stride, and general biomechanics to find the most comfortable shoe that works for you.

Comfortable Women’s Shoes for Bunions

First and foremost, look for soft upper materials such as mesh that will be gentle on sensitive bunion areas. Soft interior materials also help reduce irritation. Additionally, Mendeszoon recommends looking at cork materials, which mold to your foot over time. Lastly, Dr. Mendeszoon recommends buying shoes with supportive footbeds as they will help minimize fatigue, stress, and strain on the whole foot and won’t dig into areas of pain.

Comfortable Women’s Shoes for Diabetics

People with diabetes need to look for footwear with a roomy fit. Wide-fitting shoes with “plenty of depth,” Rushton says, are key to avoiding rubbing and chafing that can lead to greater sores and injuries. So are wide-toe boxes and soft shoe interiors and linings. “There are diabetic shoes on the market that boast all these qualities, as well as special insoles that decrease friction on feet,” explains Rushton.

Comfortable Women’s Shoes for Heel Spurs

Like many other foot conditions,  heel spurs develop from overuse. Proper footwear can prevent and alleviate pain from the condition. “If your foot doesn’t have adequate padding beneath it, as you roll forward, you’re more likely to pinch between the bottom of the foot and the ground,” Dr. Rushton says.“If you have a spur, you need a cushy heel,” Dr. Rushton says. He looks to brands like Altra and Hoka One One to provide ample support.

Comfortable Women’s Shoes for Arthritis

Finding the best shoe for your arthritis “depends on where the arthritis is located,”  Dr. Alissa Kuizinas, a podiatrist in Concord, Massachusetts, says. “For those with osteoarthritis of the great toe, painful bunions, or claw toes, a stiff-soled shoe with a forefoot rocker is very helpful. This will allow the foot to propel without bending through the toes.” However, overall choose a shoe that has cushioning, support, a wide tow box, velcro straps, or a slip-on design, and a flexible upper for breathability.


How We Selected the Most Comfortable Shoes for Women

To find the most comfortable shoes and sneakers for women on the market, the team at Footwear News assessed several different factors and design elements of every pair of women’s shoes on this list: fit, rise, style, materials used, personal testing, and market research. To narrow our selections of the best comfortable shoes for women, we looked to online consumer reviews and interviewed footwear experts in the fashion industry, including podiatrists. Additionally, we looked for shoes that were best for various foot types and conditions — from flat feet to wide feet to bunions and plantar fasciitis. You’ll find a price range that stems from affordable, budget-friendly finds from footwear brands like Vionic and Rothy’s to premium designer brands like Adidas and Nike that have become tried-and-true favorites in the space.

From hike-friendly options to slip-on styles, check out 33 of the most comfortable shoes for women to wear now, from podiatrist-approved options to highly-reviewed favorites.


Meet the Experts

  • Dr. Miguel Cunha is the founder of Gotham Footcare and a leading podiatrist in Midtown and Downtown of Manhattan. He is a highly trained and skilled foot and ankle surgeon with experience treating a wide array of foot and ankle conditions from minor problems to complex reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. Dr. Cunha’s interests include all facets of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery with an emphasis on cosmetic surgery of the foot and ankle and sports medicine injuries, particularly in runners. Dr. Cunha knows the latest running training techniques and shoe technologies.
  • Dr. Mark Mendeszoon is a multi-board certified podiatrist who treats all surgical and non-surgical conditions of the leg, ankle, and foot in both adults and children. He specializes in trauma, sports medicine, diabetic foot and ankle conditions and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, including Total Ankle Joint Replacement Surgery.
  • Dr. Parker M Gennett is board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and the American Podiatric Medical Specialties Board/ He is also a diplomate of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons and was a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association. Dr. Gennett has a well rounded practice where he treats pediatric and adult sports injuries as well as routine care of podiatric and orthopedic foot and ankle conditions.
  • Dr. Dan Geller is a Board Certified, surgically trained Foot & Ankle Surgeon focusing on sports injuries, post-traumatic reconstruction, diabetic foot care and chronic conditions of the foot and ankle.  Dr. Geller earned his medical degree from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine.
  • Dr. Emily Splicrhal is a podiatrist, Human Movement Specialist, and Global Leader in Barefoot Science and Rehabilitation. She has developed a keen eye for movement dysfunction and neuromuscular control during gait. Originally trained as a surgeon through Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City and Mt Vernon Hospital in Mt Vernon, NY, in 2017 Dr. Splichal put down her scalpel and shifted her practice to one that is built around functional and regenerative medicine.
  • Dr. Michael Fishkin is a pedorthist of Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists.
  • Dr. Mike Rushton is a Podiatric Surgery Specialist in John Day, OR and has over 25 years of experience in the medical field.
  • Dr. Jackie Sutera is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) and Vionic Innovation Lab member. 
  • Dr. Neha Pathak is a podiatrist at Pathak Podiatry. She treats patients for a range of common and specialized conditions such as over pronation, bunions, hammertoes, plantar plate injuries, achilles tendonitis, neuromas, ankle sprains and instability. As a former long-distance runner and swimmer, she has a passion for diagnosing and treating sports medicine and dancing-related injuries.

Meet the Authors

  • Nikki Chwatt is the Style Commerce Editor for Fairchild Media Group, where she writes and edits shopping stories for Footwear News and WWD. Prior to her current role, she wrote countless buyer’s guides, trend stories, and reviews on fashion and beauty products, including shoe-focused stories for women. You can find her in comfortable walking shoes when she’s running errands around New York City on the weekend or attending showroom appointments to check out the latest footwear trends during the work week.
  • Ashley Davis is a New York-based writer focusing on fashion, lifestyle, and everything in between.

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